dbx 266XS

2-channel Compressor/Gate
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Excellent Live Sound Compressor!

Keep your live sound under control! When you add a dbx 266xs compressor/limiter/gate to your live sound rig, maintaining a polished and professional edge to your dynamics is incredibly easy. The 266xs's transparent sound lends itself perfectly to guitars, drums, vocals, and virtually any other sound sources. Classic dbx auto mode makes smoothing out levels nearly 100% fool proof. Bright and easy-to-read LED indicators let you easily keep an eye on levels and gain reduction. The 266xs also features a program-adaptive expander/gate on either channel, allowing you to achieve maximum clarity.

dbx 266xs 2-channel Compressor/Gate Features at a Glance:
  • Great sounding dynamics control for any program material
  • New gate timing algorithms ensure the smoothest release
  • Program-adaptive expander/gates
  • LEDs for gain reduction, compression and gate threshold
  • Stereo or dual-mono operation
  • Balanced inputs and outputs on 1/4" TRS and XLR connectors
  • Side Chain insert
  • Classic dbx Auto mode for nearly error-proof operation
No live sound rig is complete, without a dbx 266xs 2-channel compressor/limiter/gate or two!

Additional Media

266XS Spec Sheet
266XS User Manual
Signal Processing Buying Guide
dbx Rebates

Tech Specs

Number of Channels 2
Controls Threshold, Ratio (Gate), Threshold, Ratio, Attack, Release, Gain (Compressor), Peak Stop Plus (Limiter)
Threshold -40 dB to 20 dB (Compressor)
Ratio 1:1 to Inf.
Frequency Response 35Hz-95kHz
Side Chain Inserts Yes
Inputs 2 x XLR, 2 x 1/4"
Outputs 2 x XLR, 2 x 1/4"
Sidechain I/O 2 x 1/4"
Rack Spaces 1U
Height 1.75"
Depth 5.75"
Width 19"
Weight 4.84 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number DBX266XSV

Customer Reviews

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DBX 266xs

Once I got familiar with the controls and some of my own custom settings according to my style of playing , the 266xs has become one of my most important additions to my bass rack. Thanks to your technicians and their patience with me and the product!



Smooth sounding comporession for the $

For the price......it's superb. I have a few of the older XL models that they don't work as smooth as the XS models. On this unit, I have to turn the ratio way lower than the XL units. I don't use the noise gate or side-chain inserts so I can't comment on them.
Music background: Always learning


Exactly what I needed to help control the sound at our karaoke show. It has all the necessary tweaks need to make the show sound far better than before.
Music background: Show host

dx 266xs

This had the best instruction manual I have ever read. It was precise, clear, and understandable. The best part was that it included definitions of terms. Most instructions manuals are translations from other languages and the meanings of the terms get lost in the translation or are left to your imagination. I did not have to guess as to what that word meant. Great job.
Music background: Singer, guitarist, basist, recording engineer
See also: Compressors, dbx, dbx Compressors / Limiters, dbx Compressors / Limiters